Q&A: My Redbridge

PUBLISHED: 11:30 11 April 2018 | UPDATED: 11:30 11 April 2018


Russell Williams, a volunteer at the Salvation Army night shelter in Ilford, tells us what he thinks of the borough.

What is your connection with the borough?

I was a carer there for three years, after my move to the area when my job finished at the King Edward VII pub in Stratford. That finished in 2012.

What’s the best thing about living and working in the borough?

It’s a very nice borough, you can always see people scraping stickers and graffiti off lampposts and, even though it’s like all boroughs and seems to have lots of homeless, it seems to be doing something about this, mainly down to normal people.

What one thing would you change?

I’d definitely change the amount of housing, and not just Redbridge, all over the south east.

The country is definitely in need of more social housing and also affordable housing.

Use three words to describe the borough

Multicultural, clean and friendly.

Who is the most inspiring person you know?

I has to be two people actually, John and Naomi Clifton, captains at the Salvation Army who do a lot of work with a very dedicated team like Pascal and Richard, but really too many to mention. When I became homeless I came into contact with them as well as people from the Ilford Welcome Centre.

What new law would you introduce if you were prime minister?

I’d like to change the law on selling council houses, because it seems the council is being made to make more council houses with that money. This is happening all over the country.

If you were the editor of this paper which issues in the borough would you focus on?

Youth crime, I’ve heard about a lot of incidents happening over the last four months.

I haven’t experienced too much of it, but have heard about a lot of things and it needs addressing.

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